Six earn Academic All-RMAC First team, as 15 total are honored

Six earn Academic All-RMAC First team, as 15 total are honored

RMAC RELEASE

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 13, 2016) - The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced its 2016 Cross Country Academic All-Conference Teams Tuesday and in the process honored six members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's cross country programs as Academic All-RMAC First Team. Fifteen total members of the ThunderWolves were recognized for their efforts in the classroom and in competition.

From the men's team, senior Dante Carter (Las Vegas, Nev.), Marcelo Laguera (So., Chihuahua, Mexixo) and Derrick Williams (Jr., Columbia Falls, Mont.) were Academic All-RMAC First Team, while Bailey Hughes (Sr., Bigfork, Mont.), Jordan Mathes (Sr., Boise, Idaho) and Miriam Roberts (Jr., Boulder, Colo.) were honored as Academic All-RMAC First Team for the women.

Men's Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll

Name

Yr.

Hometown

GPA

Major

Alec Choury

So.

Westminster, Colo.

4.00

Sociology (Criminology)

Nick Coleman

Jr.

Lakewood, Colo.

3.50

Sociology (Criminology)

Zach Retzlaff

So.

Pueblo West, Colo.

3.47

Engineering

Dueth Vassell

So.

Denver, Colo.

3.49

Biology (Biomedical Science)

Ben Vaughan

Jr.

Great Falls, Mont.

3.43

EXHPR (General Exercise Science) and Biology

Women's Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll

Name

Yr.

Hometown

GPA

Major

Makenna Linn

Jr.

Bennett, Colo.

3.92

EXHPR (Health Promotion Wellness) and Business Management

Rachael Lopez

Jr.

Fort Lupton, Colo.

3.69

EXHPR (General Exercise Science)

Catherine Tiona

So.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

3.78

Psychology

Erica Wuenschel

Jr.

Leadville, Colo.

3.50

EXHPR (General Exercise Science)

To be eligible for consideration for Academic All-RMAC, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.

All student-athletes that meet those requirements, but were not voted First Team All-Academic, automatically qualify for the Honor Roll. Academic runners of the year and first team award winners were voted upon by the league's sports information directors.

All-RMAC First Team Bios

DANTE CARTER

3.93 GPA  in Computer Information Systems  ... After redshirting last season, had a great finish to the season, as he was 15th at the NCAA South Central Championships to earn all-region honors and help the Pack qualify for the national meet ... Finished as the second CSU-Pueblo runner (44th) at the NCAA Championships to help the squad to a ninth-place finish ... Crossed the finish line in 15th at the RMAC Championships to be named All-RMAC Second Team.

MARCELO LAGUERA

3.67 GPA in Civil Engineering Technology  ... USTFCCCA All-American after finishing 22nd at the NCAA Championships ... Named all-region after placing third at the NCAA South Central Regional ... Helped the Pack finish third at the RMAC Championships by placing seventh to earn All-RMAC First Team ... CSU-Pueblo finished ninth at the NCAA Championships and were ranked as high at No. 6 nationally during the year.

DERRICK WILLIAMS

3.99 GPA in Biology (Bio-medical Science) and EXHPR (General Exercise Science)  ... 2015 RMAC Cross Country Academic Runner of the Year, 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships Elite 90 Award winner, 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-American ... All-region performer this season after finishing 19th to help the Pack qualify for nationals as a team ... Named All-RMAC First Team after finishing 13th ... Won the Montana State Invite to help the Pack take top honors and the Division I event ... Named RMAC Runner of the Week following the win at the MSU Invite ... Had to pull out of the NCAA Championship race due to injury, as the Pack finished ninth.

BAILEY HUGHES

3.93 Undergrad GPA in Liberal Studies (Graduated in May) ... 4.0 Graduate GPA in Education (Instructional Technology)  ... 2015 Cross Country Academic All-RMAC First Team ... Earned all-region honors after finishing 18th at the meet to help the Pack qualify for nationals as a squad ... Helped the ThunderWolves to third at the RMAC Championships by finishing 19th to earn All-RMAC Second Team recognition ... Ran in her second consecutive NCAA Championships and helped the Pack post the program's best finish at a national meet (16th).

JORDAN MATHES

3.93 GPA in Nursing (Graduated in May) ... 2015 Academic All-RMAC First Team ... Finished 21st at the NCAA South Central Regional to earn all-region honors and help the Pack to qualify as a team for the national meet ... Finished 64th at the NCAA Championships to help the ThunderWolves finish 16th, the program's best-ever placing at a national meet ... Finished eighth at the RMAC Championships to earn All-RMAC First Team recognition.

MIRIAM ROBERTS

3.52 GPA in EXHPR (General Exercise Science) ... Roberts earned USTFCCCA All-American honors at the NCAA Championships after finishing 17th to guide the Pack to their best-ever finish at a national championship meet (16th) ... She was 10th at the regional to earn All-South Central Region recognition ... Guided the ThunderWolves to third at the RMAC Championships by finishing fifth, which was good for All-RMAC First Team.

The Pack men finished ninth at the NCAA Division II Championships in the program's first appearance at an NCAA national meet. CSU-Pueblo was ranked No. 8 entering the race and owned a national ranking as high as sixth in 2016. The women's team recorded their best finish at a national championship in program history, as they were 16th. The squad was ranked No. 20 coming into the race and was placed as high as No. 14 during the season. Roberts (17th) and Laguera (16th) were named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Americans.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.